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APSE Southern Sports and Leisure Seminar 2021

Due to the pandemic, this event was postponed from 23 April 2020, and will now take place (online) on Tuesday 19th January 2021. All those who have already booked due to attend have been contacted by email. If you have not received your email please contact Shami Scholes on sscholes@apse.org.uk with your enquiry

Tuesday 19 January 2021


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Physical activity is an important aspect of life that should be encouraged whatever your age, where you live or your socio- economic status. This is especially important in these trying times that we find ourselves with all the issues brought about by COVID 19 and the impact on leisure services generally. 

In this seminar we will be looking at the different ways that local authorities continue to drive and increase physical activity in all of their residents regardless of back ground, whether they live in an urban or rural area, are old or young. 

Topics include Active Oxfordshire talking about Breaking down barriers to active travel for children and families while  at the other end of the age range, we will learn about Go Active Gold, an initiative to encourage the over 60’s in rural areas to live a more active lifestyle.

Sports England will be sharing with us their Increasing diversity in sport and physical activity campaign, which aims to improve diversity within the sport and physical activity sector.

We will also be joined by APSE’s Debbie Johns, who will be sharing with us how leisure services are performing across the country in these times due to the impact of the pandemic.

We look forward to welcoming you as we explore with like-minded colleagues the continuing challenges that local authorities face whilst trying to encourage a healthy and active community in their area.

How are leisure services performing in the UK? 

Debbie Johns, Head of Performance Networks, APSE

Increasing diversity in sport and physical activity 

Viveen Taylor, Strategic Lead, Low SocioEconomic Groups, Sport England

GO Active Gold - Engaging people aged 60+ in rural areas to live more active lifestyles 

Cath Dale, Leisure Development officer, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils

Make Manchester Active 

Rebecca Livesey, Chief Operating Officer, MCR Active, Manchester City Council

Sefton Council - Active Workforce, Active Lifestyles, Active Sports and Active Aquatics

Helen Birrell and Heather Redhead, Sports Development Managers, Sefton Council

Breaking down barriers to active travel for children and families 

Josh Lenthall, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager at Active Oxfordshire

Withernsea – Park of Dreams (Pod) Squad 

Michael Hoenigmann, Managing Director, Jupiter Play & Leisure, & Jayne Nendick, SHoRes CEO



Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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